I spent many hours over the past few days straightening out the charges on a credit card. I have automatic and instant notification set up, so I knew the moment it happened…. the same charge five times. Three calls to the trader, two calls to my credit card company, 8 times on hold listening to god-awful elevator music, and I finally got it resolved. Phew.
We live in trying times. Instant messaging, instant purchases, instant charges…its all over in an instant. And the fraudsters know it. The good news for me is we don’t have anything worth stealing. We live the low life. It must be terrible to have valuable stuff other people covet. “Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” mom always said.
Message to would-be thieves…my dogs have chips in their butts so don’t even think about it.
I took the photos above at the Heidelberg Bakery, where we bought our lunch yesterday. Great fun. We went there to buy a fruit cake for David. And I bought some Christmas cookies too. The woman at the counter isn’t me, but it could be, she left the store with a big smile on her face. Such a great place to slide down the slippery slope into fatness. Many oldsters tanking up on seasonal goodies of one kind or another.
I asked Janet, our new very thin neighbor, if I could bring her something from the bakery. She said probably not as she is Celiac. So I suggested the Happy Tart Patisserie to her as they bake gluten-free goodies, (like the macarons I love so much). “Just across from the Dairy Godmother in Del Ray,” I said. I think I like the gluten-free versions better in some ways. Probably will make my way back there next week.
Seth from Merrifield Nursery called this AM. They are ready to begin the fall cleanup and other work. He says they will come this week or next. Good. We need our yard cleaned and the new shrubs and Serviceberry tree planted before snow falls.
Photos below from various sources show the Serviceberry at different seasons, a Virginia native plant, recommended by Lady Bird Johnson for the bird garden.
Granddaughter Hannah is coming to see me later this month, probably by train. She is off for several weeks in December as the university closes most of its services over the holidays. Kathy wants to meet Hannah and we will take her to the Benedictine Abby in DC for lunch with the monks. We also plan to have tea at a local restaurant where Kathy painted the wall murals. Great fun. Kathy mentioned the ‘El Greco’ exhibit at the NGA, but I never cared for his art, so we will see about that. Better plan on three days Hannah.
Hannah is the artist in our family, and Kathy, who has traveled and lived all over Europe learning her skills as an artist, says she loves to mentor young artists (she taught art classes in San Diego California for several years). Several of the Benedictine Brothers are also artists, with their creations on sale in the Abby gift shop. We want Hannah to meet Brother Isaiah the former NYC cop. Kathy says he is an especially gifted photographer.
My December calendar is filling fast.